Apple could take another shot at failed AirPower charger

Rumor: Apple is having a crack at resuscitating its failed AirPower charging mat

For a device to charge wirelessly, no matter where it was placed on the mat, Apple would've had to overcome a lot of technical bottlenecks, which it couldn't.

YouTuber Jon Prosser earlier predicted that Apple would be launching new products last week (new MacBook Air and the iPad Pro), even amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the uninitiated, the AirPower was cancelled as the product didn't meet "Apple's standards".

Apple's AirPower charging mat promised to be able to top up your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time before it was quietly cancelled. It was supposed to offer a simultaneous charging solution for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. An innovation, tons of Apple faithful were looking forward too. The news comes from leaker Jon Prosser, who tweeted that the company is now engaged in prototyping, but that there's no guarantee it will ever be released.

Apple's AirPower charging mat has had one of the more eventful timelines in the last few years of tech, especially when you take into account the fact that it's not exactly an obviously groundbreaking bit of kit. Prosser also adds that they're "re-engineering from scratch" but that "their biggest hurdle right now" is ensuring that the new mat supports the Apple Watch.

Overheating due to multiple 3D charging coils in close proximity was said to be a primary reason for the failure in AirPower's release. Many Android smartwatches suffer from the same limitations. He said that Apple "refuse" to release a version that doesn't work with its smart watches.

While we just covered the announcement that Apple's main manufacturing plants are getting up and running again, it seems this might have come too little too late for the iPhone 12 to launch in September.



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